Legend gets batted around with frightening frequency. My cousin, for example, maintains that Robbie Savage “is legend.” Complete bollocks.
In severe contrast, Alexander the Great is indeed legend. He is subject of many and varied legends (as in a particular type of narrative) and subject of a new book by Richard Stoneman. Stoneman himself might be an academic legend – he is widely recognized as the world expert on myths pertaining to Alexander. Stoneman’s new book Alexander the Great: A Life in Legend assesses and compiles a wealth of stories about the man as iconic symbol of his time (and beyond). Richly illustrated, the book may overtly be about Alexander but its also about the power of myth making and the potential for one man to stand as symbol of the heroic ideal to many others.